TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER RESIDENTS REACHING OUT TO AREA SENIOR CITIZENS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 16, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland, julie.toland@ttuhsc.edu


LUBBOCK – Medical residents at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are reaching out to senior citizens in the Lubbock and surrounding areas by offering free presentations on health topics that affect the elderly and their families.

Two residents will give a presentation on prevention and screening for breast, colon and prostate cancers at noon Thursday (May 19) at the Maggie Trejo Super Center, 3200 Amherst St. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Third-year family medicine and internal medicine residents use the presentations as an opportunity to educate senior citizens about important health topics, as well as preventive measures that may help them avoid disease and debilitating conditions.

“Geriatrics is an institutional priority at the Health Sciences Center,” said Betsy Goebel Jones, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. “As the Baby Boomer generation ages, physicians will face a patient base that is increasingly elderly. This important training for our residents, as well as the outreach opportunities to area seniors, helps West Texas elderly to be informed about health maintenance and allows young doctors to gain valuable experience in communicating with their patients.”

Jones noted that the residents enjoy the interaction with the audience members, while the senior citizens enjoy playing a role in the training of young doctors.

This is the second year of the project, which is supported by a federal grant from the Health Resources Services Administration. The project has allowed the departments of Family and Community Medicine and Internal Medicine to develop a comprehensive and collaborative curriculum in geriatrics for medical residents. Last year, the residents focused on diabetes and hypertension education. This year, the topics of discussion include osteoporosis and cancer prevention.

For additional information about the outreach project, contact Jones at 743-1100, ext. 233 or email betsy.jones@ttuhsc.edu.

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